Kosher Wine Guides

Kosher Wine’s Southern Exposure

A look at what’s being produced down under in Australia and New Zealand.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2014

Australia has a huge wine industry, producing wines that range from simple plonk to superb quality, yet it boasts only a handful of kosher wine producers. Similarly, New Zealand, though a very much smaller industry, has a fabulous global reputation for quality Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc, but only two kosher wine producers. Like its non-kosher counterpart, the kosher wine industry “down under” offers everything from simple, yet pleasing entry-level quaffers to excellent wines, full of character.

Beckett’s Flat boutique winery in Western Australia. Courtesy of Beckett’s Flat

The Golden State Of Kosher Wine

From huge operations to boutique wineries, some gems from California.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2014

With all the focus on Israeli wines, it is all too easy to lose sight of the fact that there are fantastic kosher wine wines to be found domestically, especially in California. Indeed, quality kosher wines have been produced in California for over 30 years, and continue to thrive.

Herzog Wine Cellars’ headquarters in Oxnard. Courtesy of Herzog Wine Cellars

The Winemaker-Chef

Passover recipes from Jewish winemakers.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2014

Being a good winemaker requires many skills, but more importantly, it requires passion and a good palate — two items that every good chef also possesses. Not surprising, many winemakers are also amateur, and in some cases professional, chefs. So The Jewish Week decided to find out how three Jewish winemakers like to celebrate Passover, and get a few recipes from them.

Chef-winemaker Lewis Pasco: “People appreciate simplicity in cooking.” Courtesy of Lewis Pasco

From Tuscany With Body

An interview with Italy’s sole boutique kosher winemaker.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2014

Since the 1980s, when the first wines from Bartenura found their way to the shelves of American wine shops, Italian kosher wines have been a staple for kosher oenophiles. Italian kosher wines tend to be both affordable and approachable, making them particular good choices for the wine novice.

Terra di Seta’s kosher supervisor at work. Courtesy of Terra di Seta

The Wine From A Little Town Called Hope

Inside what may be the largest boutique (and certainly the most inclusive) winery in Israel.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2014

In 2003, when he was a freshman in the economics department at the College of Management Academic Studies in Rishon LeZion and hoping to become a winemaker, Roy Yitzhaki wrote down three goals. “The first was to produce the best quality wine you can produce in Israel, the second was to produce this quality of wine for less money, and the third was to give back to the community.”

Tulip Winery’s Visitors Center.the winery’s founder, Roy Yitzhaki. Courtesy of  Tulip  Winery

The Galloping Gaul Of Kosher Wine

Royal Wine Corp.’s chief European winemaker’s journey from southern France to the Galilee.

Special To The Jewish Week
03/17/2014

You’ve probably never heard of Pierre Miodownick. He’s not flashy. He’s 60, his beard and large yarmulke give him a slightly rabbinic appearance, and he’s soft spoken, with a heavy French accent. Odds are, though, if you’ve ever tried a kosher wine from France Portugal or Spain, you’ve tasted one of Miodownick’s wines. Since 1986 Miodownick has been the kosher wine giant Royal Wine Corp.’s chief winemaker in Europe, where he’s produced what he estimates to be a few million bottles of wine.      

Pierre Miodownick in his Domaine Netofa vineyards in the Galilee. Courtesy of Domaine Netofa

A Long Way From Manischewitz

03/17/2014

It started out as an idea (an audacious one, at that) from Jewish Week board member and City Winery owner Michael Dorf: What if The Jewish Week hosted a kosher wine competition and Grand Kosher Wine Tasting, with wines from all over the world? It was a long shot, but back in the fall of 2009 the quality of kosher wines was improving markedly and so we thought we’d ride the wave.

TOP RED WINES $25 AND OVER

03/01/2013

Whole Lot Of Shaking For Passover

Cocktails and punches to enliven a festive gathering.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/28/2013

Until fairly recently, kosher-for-Passover alcoholic alternatives to wine were pretty much limited to young-and-fiery Slivovitz (an acquired taste) or rotgut Israeli vodka or gin. These days, thankfully, there are a growing number of quality kosher-for-Passover spirits, including several kosher-for-Passover Cognacs, liqueurs, kirshwasser, and even quality, boutique-made, kosher-for-Passover gin, vodka, and Slivovitz.

The Wandering Jew Of Kosher Wine

Catching up with the noted Golan Heights budget-priced winemaker
(and career changer) Shimshon Welner.

Special To The Jewish Week
02/28/2013

Shimshon Welner
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Kosher Wine Guide March 2014

The Galloping Gaul Of Kosher Wine; The Wine From A Little Town Called Hope; From Tuscany With Body; Kosher Wine Down Under And Out West